Supernatural ‘Trial and Error’ – Review

Supernatural -- "Trial and Error" -- Image SN813a_0151 -- Pictured (L-R): Jared Padalecki as Sam and Jensen Ackles as Dean -- Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW -- © 2013 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

Dean gets his own room!

Supernatural (8:14) Progress has been made on the demon tablet! Kevin (Osiric Chau) finally cracked the code and discovers heroes Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) must go through three trials requiring a spell being said upon their completion. First task involves being soaked with hellhound blood. It’s great that old characters and creatures are reappearing in season eight; gives the current episodes a sense of familiarity while tackling a new story arc. Season 9 is in the bag which means Supernatural won’t be ending anytime soon.

Dean showed a new domesticated side to himself last night, and it was pretty awesome to see him cooking and keeping his very first room clean. Seeing the Winchesters in glasses was another highlight point of “Trial and Error”; the purpose of the glasses was to see the hellhounds through the veil in order to hunt and protect the residents of the Cassity Ranch. Crowley (Mark Sheppard) made deals with several people on the ranch ten years ago promising them great wealth and happiness–in exchange for their souls. The family themselves were what one would expect from stereotypical rich people: arrogant and self-indulgent. Ellie (Danay Garcia) was the best character on the ranch, and her chemistry with Dean was nice to witness.

Despite previous happenings early in season eight and the growing tension between the Winchesters, last night revealed how deeply they still care for each other. In particular Dean wants the same thing his brother Sam wants–a normal life. It was an emotional moment that seemed to cool what boiling undercurrent had been present between the two for awhile, and as seen before Sam wants his brother to be happy too. Honestly, although rugged warrior Dean is cool and highly attractive, imagining him having his own home to take care of, and a woman to love is awesome, and I’d like to see the two with stable lives once it’s all over. But with season nine ahead, who knows what could kick off and if it will involve the Men of Letters.

It’s worth considering all the possibilities.

Image source and synopsis courtesy of the CW

Supernatural, Trial and Error
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
  • Good


Review Summary:

KEVIN DECIPHERS THE TABLET — Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) deciphers the tablet and figures out how to close the gates of Hell. He tells Sam and Dean that according to the tablet one person must face a series of three tests designed by God. The first one – kill a hellhound. Sam and Dean argue over who should complete the trials. Kevin Parks directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb.

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